As I begin my first UAV build, I thought I would document it both to help folks in the future and to get any advice or recommendations for my build. I really wanted to build a Bixler, but the SKU I wanted was perpetually out-of-stock at HobbyKing so I went with the Sky Surfer v3 ARF from Banana Hobby.
My build will support APM 1.4 and GoPro HDH2. Eventually I may add telemetry and FPV, but I might just wait for my next project, which I hope is an X8 flying wing build. The biggest issue with the Sky Surfer v3 is the elevator and rudder servos were moved into the fuselage (see attached photo). Here is a list of my proposed modifications:
- Move servos to the outside rear of the fuselage
- Cut an access hatch in the bottom of the fuselage (see attached drawing) to make it easier to place the APM and other components.
- Place the GoPro as far back in the nose as possible.
After I get it flying, I would like to start looking at maximizing endurance, so any suggestions on motor/battery combinations would be great. I'll continue to post as I build over the next few weeks.